posted on Aug, 28 2013 @ 04:42 PM
It is always possible that people claiming such things are all deluded, however, this will require that we label so many people with that --
throughout time historically, throughout cultures worldwide -- that at that point, even if it was delusion, it would still be a fascinating anomaly in
need of explanation and worth exploring.
I will tell you something from my own experience, though.
When I began having such things in my life, I had spent my life until not long before then as a skeptic, especially about UFO stuff. I mocked it. (I
was a hypnotist for a long time. I used UFO Abductees as fabulous warm-up joke material in talks to groups. I used to go to psychic faires to
experiment on the moon-eyed batwings as I called the newagerbils who attended them. I'm pretty sure it's some kind of black-irony that I ended up in
that group later on.)
When this started in my life, I thought it was bizarre and hilarious and sheer imagination, and I wrote my friends letters and emails about how
completely bizarre my psychology was getting (which is the only reason I had much of it documented to write a case study about it a couple of years
later). I even contemplated more than once, if I was going to be insane, couldn't I pick a format that I didn't find embarrassing? That didn't make
me sound like a moron to anybody I respected? I mean surely there are many ways to be nuts, so I considered it psychologically interesting to wonder,
why did my mind choose that particular form of insanity? There are so many. I didn't even believe in it!
I'd had what in the East they call "a kundalini experience" not long before. My entire reality was radically messed up for a couple of years --
this topic was really just one minor thing in the middle of everything else. Which is one reason I find this interesting because I believe that the
"archetypal" element, the "physical" element, and the "metaphysical" element, are all on a spectrum our culture doesn't yet understand.
Oh anyway, I was going to talk about my experience with people claiming such things:
At one point I dared seek out an online forum (CompuServe back then) where "lunatics talk about this stuff" as I thought of it at the time. There
was a major skeptic on this one forum, he was smart and very critical, but he wasn't one of those stupid sorts which are so common on the modern
internet. In offense-as-defense I guess, I started writing up my accounts, based on my letters to friends with that stuff, and sending them directly
to this guy. I guess I figured if someone was going to slaughter me socially I should just get it over with. He was a really brilliant guy, a complex
game programmer who was crazy rich. He was critical, but he wasn't an idiot about it, and he asked a lot of hard questions that were good questions
and really helped me think about it -- I needed someone objective, who wouldn't just dismiss it, but who thought more like I did, but wasn't
influenced by the experience. Eventually after he'd studied UFOlogy for quite some time, he radically changed his opinion on the topic, and then he
started an experiment that I took up too:
When meeting new people, converse normally. And then just drop into the conversation something about UFOs, aliens, whatever, something that totally
validates it and makes clear you believe it, totally serious, but then just drop it and move on, and don't go back there.
And we both had the same experience. People would have a major cognitive dissonance -- us, obviously sane and intelligent; the topic, obviously insane
and stupid; and then some of them start following you. They want to get a private word with you. IRONICALLY often THE VERY PEOPLE who were the most
scoffing socially when you originally said something.
And they finally get you private and they have to tell you about things like:
* The time when they and their wife woke at up 3am to the man's mom standing at the foot of his bed saying she loved him -- and then disappeared. 30
minutes later they get a call she was killed in a car accident half an hour before.
* The time they drove direct to their mom's house with the whole family for thanksgiving and they left at 8am, it was a 3 hour drive, and they got
there just before midnight and they have no freaking idea WTH happened.
* The time they woke up with a giant fat scar on their head that wasn't there when they went to sleep and was totally impossible to have gotten --
healed! -- in that short a time even if they sleptwalked or something.
* The time they had to have their doctor testify to the Air Force they'd never had eye surgery as they hadn't but showed signs of LASIK before it
even was known/existed for us. They did have a weird "suddenly better vision" day once when young when they quit wearing glasses.
They're serious. They're not trying to play you. They've wanted to tell someone who'll believe them, but whose mind they respect, for years or
decades. It's been eating at them.